EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE ON MAIA KOBABE’S GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR
Friday, March 1, 2019
Cartoon Art Museum
March 1 – July 1, 2019
The Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Emerging Artist Showcase features a selection of original artwork from Maia Kobabe’s debut graphic novel Gender Queer, to be published by Lion Forge in the summer of 2019.
Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Maia Kobabe photographed by Tristan Crane
Maia Kobabe is a nonbinary, queer author and illustrator with an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts. E was nominated as a Promising New Talent in the Ignatz Awards in 2016. Eir first full length comic book, Gender Queer: A Memoir is due out from Lion Forge in summer 2019. E has published many short comics including in the anthologies The Secret Loves of Geeks (Dark Horse, 2018), Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (Bedside Press, 2018) Mine! (Comics Mix, 2018), Tabula Idem (Fortuna Media, 2017), Alphabet (Stacked Deck Press, 2016), Faster Than Light, Y’all (Iron Circus Comics, 2018) and online publication The Nib. Eir work focuses on themes of identity, sexuality, anti-fascism, fairy tales and homesickness. E can be found online @redgoldsparks.